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Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies

Requisition Number:

51616

Location:

Boulder, Colorado

City

Boulder

State

Colorado

Employment Type:

Faculty

Schedule:

Full-Time

Date Posted:

14-Sep-2023

Job Summary

T​he Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) to begin fall 2024. In line with further cultivating our PhD program in Critical Ethnic Studies, we welcome relational, interdisciplinary, and intersectional approaches to research in NAIS, as well as innovative theoretical perspectives. The Department of Ethnic Studies is particularly interested in candidates who specialize in gender and/or sexuality studies and who have the potential to increase the profile of the NAIS program as well as the Department’s ties with other units and centers on campus. These areas may include Indigenous Feminisms and/or Indigiqueer/Two-Spirit Studies, among many other possibilities that could explore the intersections of such areas with Indigenous Environmental Studies, Indigenous Film and Media Studies, Indigenous Climate Justice, and Indigenous Planning and Sustainability, to name a few.

Ideal candidates will be able to relate their work to a broad Critical Ethnic Studies framework while demonstrating primary expertise in Critical Indigenous Studies or a closely related field. Ideal candidates will also demonstrate potential for, or evidence of, an active research agenda, a strong publication record, a commitment to teaching excellence (graduate and undergraduate), and the ability to attract external research funding and/or fellowships. 

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The Department of Ethnic Studies (DES) at the University of Colorado Boulder is dedicated to centering the epistemologies, histories, and lived experiences of marginalized communities of color and Indigenous nations in order to challenge and critique all forms of oppression and to advance emancipatory, self-determining futures for all people. DES offers a BA, minor, a BAM (combined BA in Ethnic Studies / MA in Education program), an undergraduate certificate in Critical Sports Studies, a PhD in Critical Ethnic Studies, and a graduate certificate in Critical Ethnic Studies. We draw upon our strengths in engaged scholarship and culturally sustaining pedagogy to examine how race and the interrelated categories of culture, ethnicity, indigeneity, gender, class, sexuality, religion, dis/ability, and legal status impact the past and present lives of people locally, regionally, and globally.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

​To offer graduate and undergraduate instruction and mentorship in Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS), to sustain a record of tier-one refereed research in NAIS, and to assist with the service obligations of the primary unit, the college, and the campus. Ideal candidates will also demonstrate a capacity to carry forward our popular course offering, ETHN 3314: Violence against Women and Girls, in ways that draw upon their own specific training, intellectual approaches, and skillsets (and which also may include a reframing of the course in new and innovative ways).

What You Should Know

​Our department operates on a 2/1 teaching load for tenure-track and tenured faculty. We have one of the newest doctoral programs in Critical Ethnic Studies with an excellent record of graduate placement in tenure-track positions. We also have one of the highest graduating senior satisfaction ratings for our undergraduate program. The Department of Ethnic Studies openly embraces and advocates for diversity and inclusivity at CU Boulder. We seek candidates who will create a climate that attracts students of all racial and ethnic backgrounds, genders, classes, sexualities, nationalities, and religions.​

The CU Boulder campus is nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains within the territories of the Hinono’eino (Arapaho), Tsistsistas (Cheyenne), and Nuche (Ute) nations. We are located within walking distance of the American Indian Law Library and the Native American Rights Fund (NARF), with whom our NAIS faculty collaborate in a variety of ways. CU Boulder is home to numerous research centers and institutes, such as the Center for Native American and Indigenous Studies (CNAIS), the Center for African and African American Studies (CAAAS), the Latin American Studies Center (LASC), the Center for the Humanities and Arts (CHA), the Institute for Behavioral Sciences, the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), and the Bueno Center for Multicultural Education. Boulder is also home to federally funded research facilities such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), as well as other major research centers in the University of Colorado system.

CU Boulder is also making significant strides in supporting the Indigenous campus community. These efforts have been in collaboration with Indigenous faculty, students, and staff, and notably include the development of a campus Indigenous Land Acknowledgement, as well as the recent hiring of an inaugural Associate Vice Chancellor for Native American Affairs. 

What We Can Offer

The salary range for this position is $8​5,000 - $90,000 annually.

Benefits

The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

Be Statements

Be authentic. Be inclusive. Be Boulder.

What We Require

  • ​​A Ph.D. or another terminal degree in Native American and Indigenous Studies or another relevant discipline with a specific focus in Native American and Indigenous Studies.
  • Terminal degree in hand by August 26, 2024.

What You Will Need

​Training, research, and pedagogy in Native American and Indigenous Studies.​

What We Would Like You to Have

A​ research focus on gender and/or sexuality within Native American and Indigenous Studies.​

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Resume/CV.
  2. Cover Letter: Succinct letter of application highlighting qualifications.
  3. Three Letters of Recommendation.
  4. PDF Sample of Work.
  5. Statement of Teaching Philosophy.
  6. Teaching/Course Evaluations.
  7. Statement Describing Research Related Goals.
  8. Diversity & Inclusion Statement: Please include a statement on how your teaching, research and/or service demonstrates a commitment to diversity and inclusion; examples might include scholarly work, efforts to improve access to higher education for underrepresented individuals or groups, or other contributions to diverse communities.
  9. Syllabus: Sample course syllabus for a university-level course taught.
  10. Optional: Portfolio URL/Link.
  11. Optional: Statement of Research Philosophy.
Contact information for three references which will be requested during the application process. We will request letters of recommendation and additional materials if needed as the search progresses.

Review of applications will begin October 15, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

Posting Contact Email: Recruiting@colorado.edu